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A systematic review of the relationships between family functioning, pubertal timing and adolescent substance use

Hummel, Alegra, Shelton, Katherine Helen ORCID:, Heron, Jon, Moore, Laurence Anthony Russell and van den Bree, Marianne Bernadette ORCID: 2013. A systematic review of the relationships between family functioning, pubertal timing and adolescent substance use. Addiction 108 (3) , pp. 487-496. 10.1111/add.12055

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Aims: Experiences linked to poor family functioning and pubertal timing have each been associated with increased risk of substance misuse in adolescence. However, it remains unclear to what extent family functioning and pubertal timing combine to put adolescents at particular risk. Method: A systematic review was planned, undertaken and reported according to the 27 items of the PRISMA statement. Databases World of Knowledge, PsycINFO and PubMed were searched. Fifty-eight papers were retained and are discussed in this review after screening titles, abstracts and full papers against pre-established exclusion criteria. Results: The combination of off-time pubertal timing and poor parent–adolescent relationship quality has been related to higher levels of substance use. However, this is an under-studied area of research and the evidence is less strong for boys than girls. Conclusions: Adolescents experiencing both poor parent–adolescent relationship quality and off-time pubertal timing may represent a high-risk group that can benefit from approaches aimed at reducing risk of substance misuse.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescence; alcohol use; cigarette use; family functioning; puberty; smoking; substance use
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0965-2140
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 01:50

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